AllHipHop owner Chuck Creekmur has penned an open letter to Young Money’s Nicki Minaj following the hype surrounding her controversial “Anaconda” single’s cover art. #cutthegames
In his letter, Creekmur explained trying to balance being a father, a hip-hop website owner and man when dealing with the NSFW image.
“For a moment there, I felt like I had briefly peered into the deepest recesses of Nicki Minaj’s true inner self, a being that cares how this ratchet s**t affects my kid. I said to myself, “Self, how cool is this? Nicki is already evolving into somebody that my daughter may get to listen to on my watch. Maybe.” I’ve been in the music game a minute now so I know how it goes. So, when I peeped the artwork for your latest single, I wasn’t even shocked, I was just disappointed. The song: “Anaconda.” The art: your booty in a thong. As a man, I can appreciate the virtues of your perfect posterior. The dad guy is not a happy camper, particularly now that his lil’ girl is transitioning into a young lady.” (Mommy Noire)
Creekmur also questioned if Minaj had considered the impact this image will have on her career.
“This year alone, Black people lost titans in Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee. Those women were entertainers as well and the impact they have had on the lives of their constituency can never be understated. They SERVED the people and they knew that–without that mutual love and respect, we both cease to exist. Ruby and Maya didn’t live perfect lives, but their imperfections made their greatness all the more clear. Imagine you being regarded in such a way? The way Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah and MC Lyte have been for their communities? I know, times have changed, but one thing is for sure: careers can come and go. Legacy stays.” (Mommy Noire)
Last week, Minaj resorted to dealing with some critics going after her neck over a steamy “Anaconda” single cover art reveal.
The rap diva took to Instagram to post a series of photos of models with their butts to the camera to illustrate the double standards in beauty. She wrote “acceptable” next to racy images of Kate Upton and Nina Agdal posing in swimsuits. “Angelic. Acceptable. Lol,” she said of a Sports Illustrated cover with Agdal, Lily Aldridge, and Chrissy Teigen. To make her point, she then reposted her “Anaconda” cover art, which shows her squatting down in a G-string. She captioned the risqué photo “UNACCEPTABLE.” (Rap-Up)
Minaj treated diehard fans to her cover art, which features herself in a hot pink g-string, Wednesday (July 23) night.
Can somebody please wipe me down? Nicki Minaj’s new “Anaconda” cover art just turned the temperature up to boiling point. The Young Money rapper has been teasing a “surprise” for her Barbz on Twitter since yesterday, and I was expecting a new single, or a snippet of a new single, but somehow just the cover art for a new single managed to top an actual song. Now, this isn’t the first time that we’ve seen Nicki in this rare squat position, but it just seems to get better every time. That poor g-string never had a chance. (MTV)